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How to install KICAD libraries in Ubuntu Linux (or Mint)
After installing KiCAD from PPA on my Linux machine, I had no libraries installed.  Here's he method used to install the libraries from github. 1. Use github to pull the kicad libraries: ~/Projects $ git clone https://github.com/KiCad/kicad-library.git 2. S...
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Updated: Datalogging with Google Sheets in 2017
In 2011 I posted an article about datalogging with Google Sheets.  I just got a comment  asking if the info was still valid.  Google Sheets has changed a lot in the last few years, so here is an updated tutorial for 2017. 1.  Go to Google Sheets 2.  Create ...
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Martian Notifier Teardown
I bought a Martian Notifier watch new from Amazon for $33.  This seemed to be the perfect 'smart' watch for me, it has only one line of text and has a battery life (for the 'smart' portion) of about five days.  The 'watch' portion uses a quartz movement and...
Martian Notifier Teardown
Martian Notifier Teardown
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Programming an ATmega (168, 328) using your Arduino as a programmer
You might be working on a project with your Arduino, and you've decided that it is time to move your project OFF of the Arduino board.  There are a lot of reasons for doing so: Make your project smaller Eliminate the stuff you don't need (voltage regulator,...
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Moto G4 Root from Linux
Here are the steps I followed to root my Moto G4.  There were some guides on xda that involved reflashing boot.img.  While it seems many have done this with success, flashing the boot.img is not something I like doing and I try to avoid it if at all possibl...
Moto G4 Root from Linux
Moto G4 Root from Linux
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"Obsolete" Yamaha/Mando Alternator Drop-In Replacement
My dad has a 1993-ish Sylvan Barritz that he purchased new.  The boat gets used only about 3-4 months out of the year, and pretty infrequently at that.  Still, our family has gotten almost 25 years of enjoyment out of this boat with relatively little troubl...
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[FIXED] Fellowes DM8C Paper Shredder Never Stops
Fellowes DM8C A long while back I bought a Fellowes DM8C paper shredder. Over the years, it has shredded just about anything I've fed it. It is designed with an infrared LED emitter and receiver in its mouth, whose job it is to trigger the shredder's motor ...
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Dell Inspiron 3520 Wifi Upgrade (Goodbye, Broadcom 43142)
I bought this laptop in 2012 for $399, and the biggest complaint I've had about it, by far, is the Broadcom 43142 Wifi card in Linux.  I even completely switched distros once to get the updated BlueZ Bluetooth stack, hoping for better Bluetooth support.  No...
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Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar V6 Oil Filter Replacement (2014 Jeep Wrangler/JK)
Last weekend, when I went to perform an oil change on my 2014 Wrangler, I could not figure out where the oil filter was!  After consulting the interwebs, I was delighted to discover that the 3.6L V6 has a replaceable element oil filter, much like the 2.4L I...
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